NORTH CONWAY WATER PRECINCT TO UPDATE PLANT

by Christian Mower on August 6, 2012

THE NORTH CONWAY WATER PRECINCT PLANS TO SPEND MORE THAN $2 MILLION ON ITS WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEM – NOT ONLY TO MAKE IT MORE EFFICIENT, BUT TO INCREASE ITS CAPACITY.

SUPT. DAVID BERNIER SAYS THE PRECINCT HAS APPLIED FOR A LOW-INTEREST CLEAN WATER FUND LOAN FROM THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE TO IMPROVE THE AERATION SYSTEM.

THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO UPGRADE THE SYSTEM AND CORRECT A CURRENT SUMMERTIME DEFICIENCY WHERE THERE’S TOO MUCH OXYGEN IN THE WASTEWATER DURING CERTAIN TIMES OF THE TREATMENT PROCESS – AND IT WILL PREPARE THE SYSTEM TO TAKE ON AND PROCESS ADDITIONAL WASTEWATER FROM CONWAY ONCE THE PIPELINE IS HOOKED UP.

BERNIER SAYS THERE ARE THREE THINGS HE CAN CONTROL IN RUNNING THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT.

ONE IS THE LOADING, TWO IS THE AERATION SYSTEM AND THREE IS THE AMOUNT OF ORGANISMS AVE TO DO THE WORK – AND ALL THREE ARE KEPT IN A REALLY FINE BALANCE.

PART OF THE UPGRADE WILL INCLUDE REPLACING CURRENT BLOWERS WITH MORE EFFICIENT UNITS THAT USE LESS ENERGY – AND THOSE COST SAVINGS WILL BE PASSED ON TO RATE PAYERS.

BERNIER SAYS THE PLAN IS TO HAVE THE FACILITY ON SAWMILL LANE IN NORTH CONWAY READY BY THE SUMMER OF 2014 TO ACCEPT AND PROCESS UP TO 300,000 ADDITIONAL GALLONS OF WASTEWATER FROM CONWAY EVERY DAY.

THE NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES CALLS IT A “MINOR PROJECT UPGRADE AND REHABILITATION OF THE EXISTING SYSTEM” AND SAYS IT DOESN’T EXPECT ANY ADVERSE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS FROM THE PROJECT, PRIMARILY SINCE THE MAJORITY OF THE WORK WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE TREATMENT PLANT’S EXISTING OPERATIONS BUILDING.

A PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON THE PROJECT RUNS UNTIL AUG. 25, 2012.